General Practice Updates

In a constantly changing environment, we summarise the most important updates for General Practitioners. 

This week’s summary includes updates from:

  • The Department of Health
  • AHPRA
  • AMC
  • ACRRM
  • RACGP
  • RVTS
  • Medicare
  • 3GA Programs

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 30,290 cases in Australia. There have been 4 new locally acquired cases and 11 overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours, with 124 current active cases. 

Find more: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

Coronavirus Vaccines Rollout– 

A total of 5,867,299 vaccinations have been administered at more than 5,500 sites across the country. As of today, 9,179,790 vaccine doses have been delivered to these sites by the Australian Government.

This week, 790,886 doses were administered. Daily reports of vaccines administered continue to increase, with a new largest daily increase of 153,338 recorded on 10 June.

Find out more here: https://www.health.gov.au/news/vaccine-operations-centre-weekly-operational-update-17-may-2021 

AHPRA-

AHPRA Board Vacancies – 

Vacancies are arising on the state and territory boards in the following jurisdictions:

  • New South Wales – 2 community members, 4 practitioner members (incl. Chair)
  • Northern Territory – 1 practitioner member

More information about the roles, eligibility requirements and the application process can be found within the online application form on Ahpra’s page.

For enquiries, please contact [email protected]

Applications close: 5.00pm AEST, Friday 25 June 2021

AMC-

AMC Testing Centre Reopens – 

From the 1 July 2021 Clinical examinations will be available both online via the Zoom platform and in person at the National Test Centre in Melbourne.  Scheduling for Clinical examinations in July and August 2021 will commence from this week.

Whilst the implementation of the online Clinical examination has proven to be successful, in order to increase the number of examination placements available to candidates, the AMC will return to delivering Clinical examinations at the National Test Centre.

Scheduling for the July and August 2021 Clinical examinations have been released to eligible candidates.

ACRRM-

Applications for ACRRM Independent Pathway – 

Applications for the January 2022 intake of the Independent Pathway are now open and will close on the 30th of August 2022. 

Apply Here: https://www.acrrm.org.au/fellowship/pathways/independent-pathway 

RACGP-

PEP Applications – 

Applications for PEP open on the 28th of June 2021. Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork organised before then for an easy process. 

Apply Here: https://www.racgp.org.au/racgp-pep-apply-now 

RACGP Fellowship Reminder –

From January 2022, it will be compulsory for non-VR doctors who don’t have a specialist qualification to complete an approved program – such as PEP – to be eligible to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams.

RVTS-

Enrolments Open –

Round 1 Applications for the RVTS Remote and AMS training schemes open from 31 May – 4 July 2021.

Find out more about RVTS here: https://rvts.org.au/ 

MEDICARE –

Changes to Fellowship Requirements –

Medical Practitioners who achieve Fellowship will no longer be required to submit a HW075 or HW076 form to Medicare in order to be recognised as a Fellow and be eligible for A1 Medicare rates. You will now only need to apply to the Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA) for Specialist registration in General Practice.

Summary of Changes July 1 –

On 1 July 2021, the Australian Government is making changes to modernise cardiac surgical services to ensure they reflect current medical practice, support high-value care and ensure patients receive procedures in line with best practice. These changes follow recommendations from the MBS Review Taskforce.

The range of changes to cardiac surgical services include updates to item descriptors, combining similar surgical procedures, introducing items that represent a complete medical service, incentivising advanced techniques, removal of procedures that no longer represent best practice, and reducing low value angiography and coronary artery stenting by aligning the items with appropriate use criteria.

From 1 July 2021, there will also be some minor changes to existing cardiac imaging services to align co-claiming restrictions with other cardiac services, better reflect the policy intent of the services and better align these services with clinical guidelines.

3GA PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES:

  • AGPT applications are now closed.
  • RVTS applications are now open. 
  • PEP applications open soon.
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway applications are now open.

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